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The window between theatrical release and home media release is shorter than ever. Take Spider-Man: Far From Home; the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the final installment of Phase 3, hit the big screen on July 2, and the Blu-ray and DVD release followed on October 1. 10 days later, word’s come in that Far From Home has been selling incredibly well on these formats.
According to Media Play News, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the #1 movie on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks the combined sales of sales of Blu-ray and DVD discs, and the specific Blu-ray sales chart for last week, ending its tracking on Saturday, October 5. While the specific amount of money Far From Home has hauled in so far on physical media wasn’t revealed, on the Blu-ray and DVD chart, it outperformed (in this order) longtime Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the Aladdin remake and Dark Phoenix.
Blu-ray discs accounted for 80% of Spider-Man: Far From Home’s first week unit sales, with 23% of the total sales coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray copies. The sequel was also the #1 pick on the rental chart, pushing Aladdin to #2.
If a superhero movie does well in theaters, you can usually count on it having a good run on home media. Spider-Man: Far From Home is definitely no exception to that rule, further showing just how commercially successful it’s been. With its $1.131 billion worldwide haul, not only was Far From Home the first Spider-Man movie to hit the $1 billion mark, it’s also Sony’s highest grossing movie yet, knocking 2012’s Skyfall to second place.
Along with being a commercial powerhouse, Spider-Man: Far From Home has been met with a lot of positive reviews, ranking at 90% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and earning an A on CinemaScore. While nearly a month passed where it looked like Far From Home would be Spider-Man’s last outing in the MCU, Disney and Sony managed to come to a new arrangement, and not only is another sequel on the calendar, but Tom Holland’s iteration of the Web-Slinger will also appear in another Marvel Studios film.
Besides exploring the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home also set up big things for Spidey that will take him down a path like the one his comic book counterpart has walked for years. As most fans suspected, rather than being a hero as advertised, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio was just as villainous as he is on the printed page, and while his main plot involving the Elementals failed, he had a contingency plan in place implemented after he died. (But is he really dead?)
Just when Peter Parker thought he could catch his breath, doctored footage was released by The Daily Bugle showing Mysterio not only framing Peter for the Elemental attacks in London, but also revealing to the world that he’s Spider-Man. It’s anyone’s guess where things will go from here, outside of the fact that the public won’t be looking at him like they once did.
If you haven’t already, you can purchase Spider-Man: Far From Home on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD at your convenience. The next Tom Holland-led Spider-Man movie is dated for July 16, 2021, but for now, you can keep track of movies that are arriving a little sooner with our 2019 release schedule and 2020 release schedule.
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